A Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office deputy arrested an alleged arsonist Thursday, Nov. 6 in Porter.
Chief Deputy Barry Welch said a deputy constable patrolling the Porter area for a holiday shoplifting prevention program, the East Montgomery County Improvement District’s Safe Shopper program, was called to assist with traffic control around 2:20 p.m. while the Porter Fire Department extinguished several mobile home fires at Clayton Homes on U.S. 59.
After realizing the arson suspects might still be in the area, more deputies on holiday patrol were called to assist. The deputies located and arrested one suspect.
The second suspect was arrested later that night, according to the constable’s office.
The East Montgomery County Improvement District agreed to pay the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office $38,400 to provide extra patrols from Oct. 15 through Jan. 15 in areas like the Porter Walmart, Porterwood shopping center and the Kroger Marketplace shopping center as a way to reduce shoplifting and general crime that tends to increase during the busy holiday shopping season.